Don’t Breathe appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The transfer presented the film in an appealing manner.
Sharpness looked good. A smidgen of softness hit some wider shots, but those instances remained quite insubstantial, so the majority of the flick showed fine clarity and accuracy. Jaggies and shimmering failed to distract, and edge haloes remained absent. The movie also lacked any source flaws and was consistently clean.
In terms of colors, Breathe went with standard orange and teal. The hues never stood out as memorable, but they were fine for this story’s choices. Blacks were pretty deep, and shadows were well-depicted – an important factor given the potentially murky interior settings. The image offered a “B+” presentation.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it lacked a ton of ambition, though I didn’t view that as a flaw. A story like this came heavy on ambience and light on opportunities for fireworks, so the absence of showy sequences failed to become a problem.
When the action heated up, however, the mix reflected that and used the spectrum well. Music filled the various channels in a satisfying manner, and effects fleshed out the spectrum in a logical way. Nothing dazzled but the mix seemed suitable for the material.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, while effects remained accurate and full-bodied. Music was vibrant and dynamic. While this was never a memorable track, it worked for the story.
The disc comes with a mix of extras, and we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Fede Alvarez, writer Rodo Sayagues and actor Stephen Lang. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, sets and locations, music and camerawork, cast and performances, and related topics.
Expect a fairly average commentary. While we get a reasonable look at the film's creation, the track never becomes better than "pretty good". Lang's insights fare best of the bunch, but this remains a chat without lots of zing to it.
Five short featurettes follow. We get “No Escape” (2:56), “Man in the Dark” (3:17). “Meet the Cast” (4:04), “Creating the Creepy House” (3:51) and “The Sounds of Horror” (1:49). Across these, we hear from Alvarez, Sayagues, Lang, cinematographer Pedro Luque, production designer Naaman Marshall, composer Roque Banos, and actors Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto.
The segments look at visual design and photography, story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, and music. The featurettes offer more detail than one might expect from such brief clips – but not a lot more, so don’t expect much depth. Oh, and they come with serious spoilers, so avoid them if you’ve not watched the movie.
Eight Deleted Scenes fill a total of 15 minutes, 17 seconds. In these, we see extended character beats, particularly those that expand Alex and the Blind Man. Some of these work pretty well – they probably would’ve slowed the film’s pacing, but they add useful material.
We can view the scenes with or without commentary from Alvarez. He gives us background for the sequences and tells us why they got cut. Alvarez contributes nice insight.
The disc opens with ads for Edge of Winter, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Money Monster, When the Bough Breaks, The Bronze and The Shallows. No trailer for Breathe appears here.
Despite occasional tense moments, Don’t Breathe fails to match expectations due to problematic character and plot choices. While these don’t make it a bad film, it lacks the punch I hoped to find. The Blu-ray brings us very good picture along with solid audio and a reasonable set of bonus materials. Breathe musters a few tense sequences but doesn’t connect as frequently as it should.